J&K police disbands special police officers
15 November 2002
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir police has decided to discontinue with the services of special police officers in the state after receiving a number of complaints against them, a police spokesman said on Friday. As many as 165 SPOs have been relieved in Srinagar district alone, while the similar process has been undertaken in other districts as well, the spokesman said. On the reasons behind the move, he said: ''There were large number of complaints about them''. He said most of the SPOs were not performing their assigned task of providing intelligence information that could have strengthened hands of the police in the fight against terrorism, the spokesman said. The special police officers were engaged in 1990 on a monthly honorarium of Rs.1500 to support the police in combating militancy.